North­eastern Uni­ver­sity was using tra­di­tional metal keys for about half its dorm rooms, with an offline access system—using swipe cards that com­mu­ni­cate only with des­ig­nated locks—for the rest three years ago, when offi­cials there began looking into alter­na­tives. This summer the uni­ver­sity will install about 2,400 online locks in its res­i­den­tial facil­i­ties, in addi­tion to 4,000 locks installed last year.

The new system allows stu­dents to unlock their doors with either cards or mobile devices. Stu­dents who do not own smart­phones can still unlock their doors by tex­ting “unlock mydoor” to a des­ig­nated number.

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